Indigenous knowledge, key to a successful ecosystem restoration

Ecological restoration projects actively involving indigenous peoples and local communities are more successful. This is the result of a study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

ICTA-UAB to organize the sixth edition of the Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice

Proposing pathways outside the growth, closure and depressive narratives.

Future changes in human well-being more likely to depend on Social Factors than Economic Factors

The changes in the perception of personal well-being that could take place in the next three decades, on a global level, depend much more on social factors than on economic ones.

Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide: climate change drives rainfall extremes

More and more rainfall extremes are observed in regions around the globe – triggering both wet and dry records, according a new study involving ICTA-UAB researcher Finn Mempel.

Success at ICTA-UAB: Six ERC Grants In Three Years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded six European Research Council (ERC) grants in three years, from the end of 2015 to the end of 2018. Each project (of between 1.5 and 2 million euros) lasts for five years and allows the recruitment of a team of six or seven doctoral students and postdocs.

ICTA-UAB researcher Gara Villalba receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) announced the recipients of its Consolidator Grant competition: 291 top scientists across Europe.

The ICTA-UAB awarded an Erasmus+ for running a project on higher education and research in Biosphere Reserves

For the first time since its founding, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded approximately 1 million euros by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ funding scheme.

ICTA-UAB contributes to bridging science and society in the 100xCiencia.3

ICTA-UAB took part in the 100xCiencia.3 “Bringing Science and Society”, the annual event of the SOMMa Alliance held on November 15th at the CNIO in Madrid.

Citizens prefer landscapes that combine nature with built infrastructure

A pioneering study analyses the photographs shared by citizens in social networks to evaluate the aesthetic consideration of natural landscapes.

Co-managed small-scale fisheries lead to social and ecological improvements

The co-management model of small groups of fishermen contributes to a greater abundance and habitats of species.

ICTA-UAB to design participative and concurred forest fire prevention strategies for the Montseny region

Scientists from the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) aim to design prevention strategies for forest fires occurring in the Montseny Biosphere Reserve through a citizen participation process.

Nace El Observatorio del Besòs: un proyecto de seguimiento de la calidad de los sistemas fluviales de la cuenca

La Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) a través del Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA-UAB), y el Consorci Besòs Tordera evaluarán el estado de calidad a largo plazo de la cuenca del Besòs gracias a la creación de la Observatorio del Besòs.

Shift in large-scale Atlantic circulation causes lower-oxygen water to invade Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Gulf of St. Lawrence has warmed and lost oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in the global oceans.

Climate Change Modifies the Composition of Reefs

Corals devastated by climate change are being replaced naturally by other species such as gorgonians, which are less efficient in acting as a carbon sink.

Pioneering study analyses the effects of forests on human health

A group of volunteers have participated in an experimental study conducted by the ICTA-UAB to analyse the potential health benefits of forests.

Marine Litter on Mediterranean Beaches Triples in Summer

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) analyses and quantifies the waste generated by tourists in eight islands of the Mediterranean as part of the European BLUEISLANDS project.

Agricultural intensification not a “blueprint” for sustainable development

Social and ecological results of increased agricultural intensification are not as positive as expected.

Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

Cities that do not include social equity criteria into their political strategies to make their urban environment greener and more ecological will not achieve long-term sustainability and risk creating green enclaves only for the social elite.

New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

The new ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide' it is at your disposal now. With this document, we aim to help you discover the basics of the PhD programme, ICTA-UAB’s structure, etc.
Public Conference: “Beyond re-naturing cities: Integrating social justice and health equity in urban greening”

Date: 2018-12-13

Public Conference: “Beyond re-naturing cities: Integrating social justice and health equity in urban greening”

  • Event of the “Nature & Health” seminar series (Selected project of the Call “Reflection projects of Palau Macaya)
  • Official side event of the 11th International Forum on Urbanism (IFOU) Congress 2018: Reframing urban resilience implementation: Aligning sustainability and resilience 

Date: Thursday 13 December 2018
Time: 9.00h – 15.00h
Venue: Palau Macaya (Sala d’Actes) Passeig de Sant Joan 108 | 08037 Barcelona 

Working languages: English, Catalan (simultaneous translation service available) 

Urban green and blue spaces have gained recognition over the past few years in helping to create multi-functional public spaces, improve their ecological connectivity, and provide many benefits for urban communities. Cities around the world are now working together to bring nature back into the city.

Questions cities are grappling with in promoting greener cities are often related to the social dimension of urban green and blue spaces: Who actually has access to these spaces? What are the main benefits for people and communities, such as better health? Who are the real beneficiaries of those urban green and blue spaces? And what do cities need to keep in mind when planning, creating, and maintaining such spaces as a consequence?

The projects ENABLE, NATURVATION and Greenlulus are organising an international symposium titled ‘Reframing Urban Resilience Implementation: Aligning Sustainability and Resilience’ as an official side event of the 11th International Forum on Urbanism (IFOU) congress in Barcelona on 13 December 2018. The aim of this symposium is to share research insights, showcase city experience, discuss, and point towards answers for more just and equitable urban green and blue spaces and thus more resilient cities.

The symposium is co-organised by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, SomNatura, XCT, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and IUCN. International researchers from the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SE), Humboldt University Berlin (DE), University of Lodz (PL), The New School (US) will join local researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ES) and representatives from the City of Barcelona to discuss considerations, challenges as well as implications of making cities healthier and accessible to all residents through urban nature.

The event is free of charge to all interested or working on greening cities. Find the programme details here.
Click here to register here (Spanish) or here (Catalan) for the event for one of the limited seats. 


8.30 - 9.00 Reception and registration 

9.00 - 9.15 Opening 
Marc Vilahur, President of XCT 
Alice Reil, Coordinator for Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity, ICLEI 

9.15-9.45 Opening talk: Approaches and challenges towards a greener, healthier and more inclusive Barcelona 
Margarita Parés Officer for Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Strategy, Barcelona City 

Part 1. Considerations for greening cities inclusively to enhance human wellbeing 

9.45 – 10.15 City-research insights: Remedies for an unfair distribution of environmental risks and benefits: The case of New York City 
Timon McPhearson, Professor of Urban Ecology at New York New School 

10.15 – 11.15 Roundtable with experts 
Erik Andersson, Professor at Stockholm University & coordinator ENABLE project 
Johannes Langemeyer, Researcher at ICTA-UAB 
Francesc Baró, Researcher at ICTA-UAB 
Karolina Koprowska, Researcher at University of Lodz 
Chair: Chantal Van Ham, European Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions at IUCN 

11.15 - 11.45 Coffee break 

Part 2. The challenges of making green cities healthier for all 

11.45 – 12.15 Research insights: From urban environmental justice to (green) gentrification: Moving towards a
just and healthy city agenda 

Isabelle Anguelovski, Professor at ICTA-UAB & coordinator GREENLULUs project 

12.15 – 13.15 Roundtable with experts 
Dagmar Haase, Professor at University Humboldt Berlin (via video-conference) 
Margarita Triguero-Mas, Researcher at IsGlobal and ICTA-UAB 
Helen Cole, Researcher at ICTA-UAB 
Carmen Pérez del Pulgar, Researcher at ICTA-UAB 
Chair: James Connolly, Researcher at ICTA-UAB and Associate Director of BCNUEJ 

13.15 - 13.30 Closing 
James Connolly, Researcher at ICTA-UAB and Associate Director of BCNUEJ 

13.30 – 15.00 Lunch and networking 

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